Senate Defeats Effort in Support of Balanced Budget Amendment

An amendment offered by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) to patent reform legislation (America Invents Act – S. 23) has been defeated by a vote of 58-40. Per a unanimous consent agreement, 60 votes were needed for adoption.

According to a Facebook entry by Senator Lee, this amendment “would signify the level of support in the Senate for a Balanced Budget Amendment.”

It stipulates that “Congress should pass and the States should agree to an amendment to the Constitution requiring a Federal balanced budget.”

This “sense of the Senate” amendment “does not specify a particular Balanced Budget Amendment proposal” and is not binding.

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